ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state law enforcement certificate has been revoked for an Albuquerque police officer fired after a video showed him kicking a suspected car thief.
The New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board [auth] voted Wednesday to rescind the license for John Doyle.
Former Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz fired Doyle and officer Robert Woolever for excessive force in connection with the February 2011 arrest of Nicholas Blume. A surveillance video of the arrest shows one officer on top of Blume while another kicks him repeatedly.
This week the officers filed a federal lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, alleging breach of contract and civil conspiracy.
Thomas Grover, the officers’ lawyer, says the men were made scapegoats to try and prevent a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Albuquerque police.